New York Giants’ offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was brought along to the Giants by head coach Tom Coughlin when Coughlin was hired before the 2004 season. Gilbride started off as a quarterbacks coach, but was promoted to offensive coordinator a couple of years after. Gilbride was the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars for a couple of seasons when Coughlin was the head coach.
With Gilbride as the offensive coordinator, QB Eli Manning has turned into one of the most successful quarterbacks in the league, winning two Super Bowls in four years. The Giants have been successful with the run under Gilbride, producing two 1,000 yard rushers during the 2008 season.
The Giants have also been successful with the pass. Manning has totaled over 4,000 yards passing in each of the past three seasons, including almost reaching 5,000 yards last season and will probably get there again this year. Gilbride has been at the controls of an offense that has seen the best of both worlds.
With all of this success, some people are probably wondering one thing. Why hasn’t Gilbride’s name come up for head coaching vacancies? Gilbride was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers in the late 90s. That run was not successful at all.
Gilbride’s record as head coach of the Chargers was 6-16. This was a couple seasons following the Chargers’ appearance in Super Bowl XXIX, so the Chargers took a pretty hard fall from near the top to the bottom very quickly. Since then, Gilbride has not been mentioned as a head coaching candidate many times.
He did draw interest from the Oakland Raiders back in 2008, but that is about the only time I can remember him receiving any head coach interest. Is it because of his awful stint as the head man with the Chargers? I believe that has something to do with it, but I think there are two key reasons why he hasn’t drawn much interest.
Gilbride is 61 years old now, so making him a head coach at that age probably doesn’t seem appealing to teams. Also, many scouts and executives probably don’t see Gilbride as the reason why the Giants’ offense have been successful. Even though the offense has performed well in the past several seasons, Gilbride has been conservative at times and it has held the Giants back offensively.
It’s cool for the Giants that Gilbride isn’t receiving much interest. That just means Gilbride gets to continue to call plays for the Giants’ offense and maintain consistency for Manning.